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Garland Fire Department Receives Highest ISO Rating

The Garland Fire Department has received an Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating of “1,” the highest rating possible. Such a high rating is a positive influence on economic development efforts, and could potentially mean lower fire insurance rates for Garland homeowners and businesses.

The ISO is an organization that provides statistical information on risk, and their ratings have a large impact on fire departments nationwide. ISO ratings range from 10–1, with “1” as the highest rating. In determining an ISO rating, almost every aspect of a city and its fire department is evaluated. Points are given for everything from the fire department’s training aids to the distance between fire hydrants. Currently, just over 40 cities in the U.S. have a rating of “1,” which is a huge accomplishment considering the thousands of communities nationwide.